Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 19:43 UTC, submitted by MatzeLoCal
SGI and IRIX German technology website reports that SGI will completely abandon its MIPS processor architecture, including its operating system Irix, in favour of Linux-powered Itanium workstations. SGI used MIPS and Irix in its products for almost 20 years, and with this switch to Intel, yet another major (historically speaking, that is) company abandons its architecture for the more common Intel one.
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Didn't IBM massively cut its AIX workforce when they moved to Linux so as to take advantage of the free labor that produces Linux?

I remember being told in 2001 that IBM will replace AIX with Linux in 2004 (roughly), didn't happen.
Today, majority of SMP POWER-system users run AIX, although Redhat and SuSE enterprise versions are 'certified' on POWER, and IBM contributes code to make sure Linux kernel runs well on POWER.

I can think of many reasons for IBM to have an in-house OS to keep pace with the innovation on POWER (RAS, virtualization, performance, etc).

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